Friday rundown: Pence comes home, IUBB game tonight, IU increases diversity, Kiehl Carlquist releases album

Pence returns to home state to push GOP tax efforts

Vice President Mike Pence talks about tax reform during a roundtable discussion with Gov. Eric Holcomb, Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The roundtable took place Thursday at TKO Graphix, a printing company in Plainfield, Indiana. Victor Gan Buy Photos

Former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence visited a suburb of Indianapolis on Thursday to push the Republican-backed tax overhaul efforts. Pence held a roundtable discussion with business owners, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Gov. Eric Holcomb. Read more here.

Men's basketball kicks off busy weekend with opener against Indiana State

Sophomore guard Devonte Green drives to the basket against Marian on Oct. 28 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Green was IU's leading scorer with 22 points in a 93-62 exhibition win against Marian. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The 2017-18 IU men’s basketball season begins tonight at 7 p.m. at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Indiana State. Read more here.

IU increases diversity, adds funding for minority students

IU Bloomington enrolled a record number of students from underrepresented groups for the class of 2021, making it the most diverse class yet. But IU still has room for improvement in respect to diversity.

The class of 2021 enrolled 7,995 students, according to IU's website. Of those students, 1,243 are underrepresented minorities, such as African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos. These are record numbers for IU, but the Bloomington campus is still only rated 1,742 out of 2,718 universities nationwide in ethnic diversity, according to Read more here.

Kiehl Carlquist, otherwise known as Ribbons, releases album

Although Kiehl Carlquist studies film in the Media School, his hidden talent and passion is shown through music. In his first solo album “Inside,” Carlquist takes listeners on a musical journey through the last two years of his life at IU. His synth-pop music is created electronically and is available on iTunes and Spotify as of Sept. 21. Read more here.

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